Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward.

No. 1297.]

Sir: At the particular request of Mr. Morse, I transmit herewith a statement made by him in answer to the extraordinary deposition of Mr. Hull, constituting a part of the proceedings in the suit with Mr. Prioleau. The more obvious and proper course would seem to have been to prepare a deposition to be used, if necessary, in a later stage of the case itself. I have taken the liberty to suggest this to Mr. Morse, in order that his statement may be as fully accessible on the record as Mr. Hull’s, to which it replies.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.